Despite the established health care facilities in the United States, most citizens do not have access to proper medical care. We must appreciate from the very onset that a healthy and strong nation must have a proper health care system. Such a health system should be available and affordable to all. The cost of health services is high. In fact, the ...
Healthcare in the United States continues to be an expanding field. As we continue to increase our knowledge, we are the envy of developed nations for our advanced methods of medical technology. Physicians and healthcare providers are able to cure many of the diseases and illnesses that patients bring before them. As a result of the success of our biotechnology, insurance companies and healthcare groups are profiting considerably. Furthermore, as the government and organizations thrive on the success of technology, they are enabling patients to seek unnecessary care (Califano 1986). Even with our outstanding medical care, millions of people still suffer every year from illnesses that could have been prevented but were not because patients did not have the financial resources to cover their expenses. Our healthcare providers must work at making sure people learn to care for themselves in order to avoid easily preventable illnesses. This process begins with educating the public on how to avoid disease and maintain or achieve a state of well being. In other words, staying healthy and well. In addition to our healthcare givers encouraging healthy lifestyles, the government and insurance agencies need to make quality health care more financially accessible for everyone.
In order to make ones’ health care coverage more affordable, the nation needs to address the continually increasing medical care costs. Approximately more than one-sixth of the United States economy is devoted to health care spending, such as: soaring prices for medical services, costly prescription drugs, newly advanced medical technology, and even unhealthy lifestyles. Our system is spending approximately $2.7 trillion annually on health care. According to experts, it is estimated that approximately 20%-30% of that spending (approx. $800 billion a year) appears to go towards wasteful, redundant, or even inefficient care.
Though the United States spends more annually than any other country on health care costs, “... with per capita health expenditures far above those of any other nation” (Bodenheimer 1), it is still historically considered to be one of the weaker health systems among other industrialized nations. When compared to six other modern nations in a 2010 study by Commonwealth Fund, the United States “ranked last overall … on measures of quality, efficiency, access to care, equity, and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives” (Fox 1). With the advent of the Obama administration and the ACA, the government at ...
According to Harry A. Sultz and Kristina M. Young, the authors of our textbook Health Care USA, medical care in the United States is a $2.5 Trillion industry (xvii). This industry is so large that “the U.S. health care system is the world’s eighth
The Affordable Right to Health Care
The United States health care system is broke. The costs have been on a consistent and steep rise due to several different issues and have led to an outcry for a fix. The issue of health care has become both political and polarizing since the early 1980’s. Various solutions have been considered, but both sides of the political spectrum interpret these solutions differently.
Shi, Leiyu, and Douglas A. Singh. Essentials of the US Health Care System. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2005. Print.
Rising medical costs are a worldwide problem, but nowhere are they higher than in the U.S. Although Americans with good health insurance coverage may get the best medical treatment in the world, the health of the average American, as measured by life expectancy and infant mortality, is below the average of other major industrial countries. Inefficiency, fraud and the expense of malpractice suits are often blamed for high U.S. costs, but the major reason is overinvestment in technology and personnel.
Reforming the health care delivery system to progress the quality and value of care is indispensable to addressing the ever-increasing costs, poor quality, and increasing numbers of Americans without health insurance coverage. What is more, reforms should improve access to the right care at the right time in the right setting. They should keep people healthy and prevent common, preventable impediments of illnesses to the greatest extent possible. Thoughtfully assembled reforms would support greater access to health-improving care, in contrast to the current system, which encourages more tests, procedures, and treatments that are either
In recent years, the number of Americans who are uninsured has reached over 45 million citizens, with millions more who only have the very basic of insurance, effectively under insured. With the growing budget cuts to medicaid and the decreasing amount of employers cutting back on their health insurance options, more and more americans are put into positions with poor health care or no access to it at all. At the heart of the issue stems two roots, one concerning the morality of universal health care and the other concerning the economic effects. Many believe that health care reform at a national level is impossible or impractical, and so for too long now our citizens have stood by as our flawed health-care system has transformed into an unfixable mess. The good that universal healthcare would bring to our nation far outweighs the bad, however, so, sooner rather than later, it is important for us to strive towards a society where all people have access to healthcare.